Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Favorite Line Wednesday

by Patricia Bradley

Birds on a line





This is going to be favorite-line-Wednesday!

What’s your favorite first line of a novel, novella, or short story?

What’s your favorite first line of a movie?


Leave your answers in the comments section, and I'll enter you in a drawing for a $10 Amazon gift card!

51 comments:

  1. Walking from the small town grocery store back toward their new home at the safe haven women's shelter Rita o Dwyer felt her shoulders start to relax.

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  2. "She was too good for this world. I was too much of a bastard to push her away." Hard To Love, Willow Winters.

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    1. I haven't read that one, Maryann...will have to look it up.

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  3. How about this first line? "Jasmine eased out of her cell-like room and down the dimly lit hallway." I think it's great. Really creates a feeling of suspense. Anyone know what book this comes from?

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    1. It's a Patricia Bradley for sure. Not sure of the title name. Justice something.

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    2. Thank you, Nancy! It's Justice Delivered...

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  4. Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. —Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

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    1. That's good...I'm not certain I ever made it all the way through Anna Karenia, Desdemona! I tried, I know that.

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  5. How about this one - "He waits, hidden in the shadows of the tall, stately trees that line the street."

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  6. Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.

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  7. I don’t have a favorite, but I love when first line make me laugh or make me curious.

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  8. For one blessed moment I was beautiful. Joanna Politano in Finding Lady Enderly.

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  9. One of my favorites is the one that's just been shared, from Joanna Politano's Finding Lady Enderly.
    But...a longtime fave of mine...
    Mrs. Rachel Lynde lived just where the Avonlea main road dipped down into a little hollow, fringed with alders and ladies' eardrops and traversed by a brook that had its source away back in the woods of the old Cuthbert place; it was reputed to be an intricate, headlong brook in its earlier course through those woods, with dark secrets of pool and cascade; but by the time it reached Lynde's Hollow it was a quiet, well-conducted little stream, for not even a brook could run past Mrs. Rachel Lynde's door without due regard for decency and decorum; it probably was conscious that Mrs. Rachel was sitting at her window, keeping a sharp eye on everything that passed, from brooks and children up, and that if she noticed anything odd or out of place she would never rest until she had ferreted out the whys and wherefores thereof.

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  10. Rosalyn, would you believe I've only just started reading Anne of Green Gables!

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  11. If mortification could kill, I’d be six feet under. Heart of a Royal by Hannah Currie

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  12. My favorite line from a movie is "Come with me if you want to live." from "The Terminator". Thank you! traceyboehm1@aol.com

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    1. Good! Did you know I've never seen the Terminator!

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  13. Marley was dead to begin with.
    lhanberry1 at gmail dot com

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  14. “At noon, the cloud clinging to the top of Cerro Gordo broke free and scattered.” (Relic)

    "Holy mackerel! Call headquarters." (The Day the Earth Stood Still)

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  15. Skipping the prologue & going straight to chapter one bc it's nice & creepy just the way I like my suspense (lol)... "As she poured the sparkling red claret into the serial killer's glass, she wondered if it reminded him of blood. (Mind Games by Nancy Mehl)

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    1. Oops, forgot my email - dianalflowers(at)aol(dot)com

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    2. Also forgot to mention 1st line to a favorite movie, Jane Eyre. Sorry. "It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen."

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    3. I love both of those, Diana! Nancy's book is fantastic!

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  16. "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."
    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  17. "Scarlett O'Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were."
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot) com

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  18. What a fun question, Patricia!! my favorite line from a novel is "I was born." from David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. And my favorite line from a movie is "Last night, I dreamed I sent to Manderley again." It's from Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.

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    1. I don't recognize that one, Holly, but it sounds intriguing!

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  20. "You better not never tell nobody but God." THE COLOR PURPLE by Alice Walker.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  21. The naked child ran out of the hide-covered lean-to toward the rocky beach at the bend in the small river.(from The Clan of the Cave Bear) For the movie, I don't know what the first line is, but the movie is "Last Christmas" and it is a Beautiful movie, I watched it with my youngest sister about a week and a half ago and it is a MUST see movie. Thanks for the chance.

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion of Last Christmas, Alicia!

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  22. Melancholy was a condition of the spirit and the soul, but also of the mind. - The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright.

    psalm103and138atgmaildotcom

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  23. I was going to put the first line from Rebecca but two people beat me to it. I also like Dickens: It was the best if times, it was the worst of times. From A Tale of Two Cities.
    paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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  24. I first saw the house in the summer of my fifth birthday. Marianna by Susanna Kearsley
    lthouselucy@gmail.com

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  25. I can't quote a favorite bcz I have memory problems from seizures, I just love reading all of the time!

    Msredk at aol dot com

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